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Traditional Owners agreement making support

The Right People for Country Program supports Traditional Owners groups in the process of making agreements:

  • between groups – about boundaries and extent of Country
  • within groups – about group representation and membership.

These agreements can assist Traditional Owner groups who are seeking to become Registered Aboriginal Parties under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006 and/or seeking to negotiate settlements with the Victorian Government under the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 and Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

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Support is tailored to the needs of Traditional Owner groups and is available to prepare for, and to make agreements, within and between Traditional Owner groups.

Types of support offered include: Independent facilitators, training (strategic negotiation, group facilitation and conflict management), planning workshops, support to visit and map country and resources to hold meetings.

Right People for Country fact sheet Right People for Country fact sheetPDF (639.55 KB) Walking Country to Reach a Boundary Agreement Story Walking Country to Reach a Boundary Agreement storyPDF (1.88 MB) Family Re-Engagement Process Story Family Re-Engagement Process storyPDF (3.29 MB)

Right People for Country program principles

Confidentiality and managing information

The Right People for Country program has systems in place to ensure that information is respected and protected as much as possible according to the wishes of Traditional Owner groups:

Agreement making will be conducted on a “confidential and without prejudice” basis. This means that:

  • information may be shared within and between Traditional Owner groups but cannot be disclosed to a third party without the consent of all Traditional Owner groups involved.;
  • information cannot be used for a purpose other than agreement making without the consent of all Traditional Owner groups involved; and
  • discussions and information shared during agreement making cannot be disclosed, or relied upon in any future arbitral, administrative or judicial proceeding.

Disclosure may only occur where:

  • with consent of the relevant Traditional Owner groups
  • if required by law. All information held by Right People for Country is subject to laws relating to freedom of information, privacy and public records. Exemptions may apply;
  • information is already publically available (other than as a result of a breach of privacy) or is non-identifying information necessary for administration; or
  • the Right People for Country program discloses that a Traditional Owner group has received or is receiving agreement making support.  Where this happens, the Right People for Country program will not provide any further details other than whether agreement making support has been provided without the consent of the Traditional Owner groups involved.

Right People for Country Conditions of Support Right People for Country Conditions of SupportPDF (3.07 MB)

Steering committee

The Right People for Country program is a partnership of key stakeholders involved in Traditional Owner / native title settlements and cultural heritage management processes. It is overseen by a Steering Committee comprising representatives from: Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council, Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations, First Nations Legal and Research Services, Department of Justice & Regulation and Aboriginal Victoria. .

The program is managed by Aboriginal Victoria in the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Program development and success

Established in 2009, the Right People for Country program's Traditional Owner-led agreement making approach is outlined in the documents below.

Right People for Country project committee report - March 2011 Right People for Country project committee report - March 2011DOC (894 KB) Innovation in Partnering article Innovation in Partnering articlePDF (1.74 MB)

Contact us


Sally Smith, Manager

(03) 8392 5385 I 0429 029 807

Sally.Smith@dpc.vic.gov.au

 

Dylan Clarke, Project Facilitator

(03) 8392 5386 I 0408 190 843

Dylan.Clarke@dpc.vic.gov.au

 

Lucy De Kretser, Project Facilitator

(03) 9651 0601 I 0428 875 268

Lucy.DeKretser@dpc.vic.gov.au